Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently told Fox News that China has reopened the Wuhan wet market, where the virus is thought to have begun, and urged the Chinese to close it down again.
“Sixteen percent of all deaths in the world are infectious diseases and about 60 percent of them come from animal to human transmission… People eat cats and dogs throughout the world as part of their diet: We need to stop that. It’s the 21st century,” said Graham.
“What I would tell President Trump is to call President Xi and say ‘Listen, you just reopened the wet market in Wuhan where we believe this all came from. Crack down on exotic animals in these wet markets where they contaminate the food supply and human beings’…Bats carry [contagions], stop eating bats.”
But the Chinese will likely not listen.
What many analysts do not understand is the disparity of social thought processes that differentiate the Western world from Asia, especially Communist China.
The emphasis in that society is not on protecting the working masses, regardless of Marxist rhetoric. Mao famously observed that if in a nuclear war China lost 400 million people it wouldn’t bother him because the number he had left would far surpass the population of Russia and the U.S. combined.
If a Western politician said such a thing they would be pilloried. But, not in Communist China. There, as Stalin observed about life in Communist Russia, “One death is a tragedy. One million is a statistic.”
Not to mention the “celestial kingdom” aspect of the question. The Chinese feel that they are culturally superior to foreigners by leaps and bounds. They have held this concept to be true since before there actually was a “West”, i,e.- before Greece. Thus a warning or a plea from an American senator is not likely to carry much weight with them.
They will dismiss it as the blatherings of an inferior Westerner or part of a plot to undermine China and Chinese sovereignty. Thus, the bat feast will go on. Same time, same bat channel.